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What happens when helmets aren't worn in fatal motorcycle wrecks?

Many states require that motorcyclists wear helmets, and for good reason. Helmets protect the brain and help reduce the likelihood of head injuries and subsequent fatalities. Connecticut does require helmets, but not for all motorcyclists. Those who are 16 and 17 years old must wear a helmet, as well as those who are over age 18 and have only a permit. So what happens in fatal motorcycle wrecks when the motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet and is killed by another motorist? Does the absence of a helmet affect liability as well as compensation in a wrongful death case?

One dead, one critically injured in Connecticut car accident

An out-of-control car has claimed the life of one man and left a woman critically injured. The two pedestrians were standing outside of a vehicle when they were struck by a car in Southington, about 30 minutes outside Hartford.

Routine walk leads to fatal accident for New Haven woman

They say that most accidents happen less than a mile from home; sadly, that was the case for an 81-year-old New Haven woman. She died on the morning of Oct. 30 after she was hit by a car while crossing an intersection.

What to do if a loved one dies in a car collision in Connecticut

To most Connecticut residents, nothing is worse than having a loved one suddenly pass away. This commonly happens in serious car crashes. Motor vehicle accidents are often caused by negligence, and when this negligence causes death, the surviving family members may be at a loss. How will they pay for medical bills or funeral expenses? Who will now financially provide for the victim's spouse and children? Fortunately, there are legal remedies available to help with these common financial worries.

Family turns to bar owners after fatal accident

When Connecticut drivers get behind the wheel of the car after drinking, they are making a choice to drive under the influence of alcohol. If they make the choice to drive when they are over the legal blood alcohol limit, they are putting other drivers, even their passengers at risk.

Consensus sought on solution to distracted driving problem

Cellphones and other mobile devices have changed the way Americans communicate and are able to access information. While there are many positives associated with cellphones, there are also many negatives, including the role of cellphone and mobile technology in contributing to car accidents involving distracted driving.

$5.5M settlement reached in UConn pedestrian death lawsuit

The parents of a 20-year-old University of Connecticut student were recently awarded a $5.5 million dollar settlement related to a wrongful death lawsuit they filed. The lawsuit stems from the tragic death of the 20-year-old after he was struck and killed while walking on campus by a UConn bus.

Teen dies in car accident involving another teen driver

As most Connecticut teens head back to school, the mother of one 17-year-old is left with only memories of her beloved daughter. The girl, who would have been a senior in high school, was recently and tragically killed in a car accident. This and other similar accidents in which teenagers have been killed and injured are typically the result of a teen driver who is inexperienced, distracted or who has been drinking.

Connecticut teen killed in car accident

Teen drivers often lack the driving experience and skills to handle certain driving situations. As a result, teen drivers are more likely to be involved and injured in car accidents. Startling statistics related to teen drivers and fatal car accidents have prompted many states, including Connecticut, to enact laws aimed to protect teen drivers and teen passengers.

Debate over mandatory helmet law in Connecticut continues

Any motor vehicle accident can result in those drivers and passengers involved being seriously or fatally injured. Motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles, however, are typically among some of the most serious. According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during 2010 fatalities stemming from motorcycle accidents comprised 12 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. This number is alarming considering that motorcycles account for less than 1 percent of miles traveled by all motor vehicles each year.

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